The RYCT Hardys Bruny Island Race 2013 will be sailed for the 87th time since 1898 this weekend, with the 89 nautical mile circumnavigation of the island south of Hobart scheduled to start at 9.30am.
Whistler will be in ’Three Peaks Race mode’ in the Bruny Island Race tomorrow
Linking the event with this weekend’s 175th Royal Hobart Regatta, the race will start from a line off the Regatta Grounds, south of the Tasman Bridge, but will finish off Castray Esplanade.
Race officer Roger Martin will decide shortly before the start whether the fleet will leave Bruny Island to port or starboard, depending on the weather forecast.
This year’s race has drawn only 12 entries, with Dump Truck forced to withdraw as her owners have been unable to get a D2 to replace the rigging fitting that broke and forced the yacht’s retirement from the recent Sydney Hobart. Several other regular competitors are also competing elsewhere.
The first Bruny Island Race was sailed on 17 March 1898. The first 30 years it was simply known as ‘The Ocean Race.’
Since the first race, most of Tasmania’s bestknown yachts and yachtsmen (and women) have contested the Bruny Island Race and many famous yachts have won line and handicap honours, including visiting boats from Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand.
Among the line-up this year is Don Calvert’s Castro 40 Intrigue, in line for a hat-trick of AMS handicap wins and her tenth win on handicap since 1985. Don’s first win, however, was aboard his father’s yacht Caprice (later known as Caprice of Huon) in 1957.
Two of his grandsons, Jock (15) and Angus (12) Calvert will be sailing in the race, aboard Auch, skippered by Richard Scarr.
The 87th Hardys Bruny Island Yacht Race will be more than just a long offshore/inshore yacht race for the crew of Whistler.
The boat and her physically fit crew will be in full Three Peaks Race training throughout the 89 nautical mile race that circumnavigates the elongated island south of Hobart.
While winning the Bruny Island Race is an objective, the longer term aim of Team Whistler is to take out the prestigious Tillman Trophy in the Three Peaks this coming Easter.
'We will be sailing with the Three Peaks race crew of sailors David Rees, David Aplin and myself, Jory Linscott, plus runners Jacqui Guy and Michael McIntyre with Lucy Rees filling in for David Cromarty for this race,' Jory Linscott said yesterday.
'We will have our oars on board, so should the breeze drop out we will be manning the oars,' he added. 'Of course, we will inform race control that we have retired from the race should start rowing.' (Rowing is permitted as a means of propulsion in the Three Peaks Race, but not in regular yacht racing).
Intrigue has won the last two Bruny Island Races on AMS corrected time
'After we finish the Bruny Island Race our Tilman Trophy training will swing into full gear with Rees, Linscott, Guy and McIntyre stepping off the boat and running to the Springs on Mount Wellington.'
Part of the Tilman Trophy is the option for Three Peaks Race crews to raise money for Charity. This year team Whistler will be raising money to help rebuild the Dunalley Primary School.
'We felt the Three Peaks Race has such a close relationship with Dunalley and the Denison Canal that we had to jump at the opportunity to assist,' Linscott added. 'We are hoping to raise $5000 for the school.'
Line honours favourite for the Bruny Island Race is Gary Smith’s The Fork in the Road, with virtually any one of the 12 yachts capable of winning overall, decided on AMS corrected times. Results will also be scored using IRC and PHS handicaps.
The fleet for the 87th Bruny Island Race comprises: South (Mark Ballard), Auch (Richard Scarr). Footloose (Stewart Geeves), Helsal V (Robert Smith), Intrigue (Don Calvert), Masquerade (Tony Harman), Pisces (David Taylor), Ramrod (Royce Salter), The Fork in the Road (Gary Smith), The Protagonist (Stuart Denny), Whistler (David Rees) and Wildfire (Malcolm Robinson).
Depending on wind strength and direction, the leading yachts should finish the 89 nautical mile circumnavigation of Bruny Island late Saturday evening.